Nathan Ake will command a regular starting berth at Chelsea next season, according to Bournemouth team-mate Harry Arter.
Chelsea loanee Ake has impressed with the Cherries this term, with boss Eddie Howe hoping to retain the talented 21-year-old until the end of the season.
Bournemouth boss Howe has confirmed Chelsea have a January recall clause on Ake’s loan deal, but remains confident he can convince the Dutchman to stay at the Vitality Stadium until the summer.
And Republic of Ireland midfielder Arter believes Ake can build a long-term career at the heart of Chelsea boss Antonio Conte’s three-man defence.
“Nathan deserves all the plaudits he’s getting at the moment,” said Arter of Ake, who headed Bournemouth’s only goal in Sunday’s 3-1 home loss to Southampton.
“And I’ve no doubt that next year he’ll go back to Chelsea and play in their side.
“I personally feel he’s more than good enough, especially with the system they’re playing now.
“And it’s a credit to him because he’s worked really hard, even when he wasn’t in the team, and he deserves all the praise he’s getting.”
Ake headed the Cherries into a 1-0 lead over south-coast rivals Saints in Sunday’s Premier League clash. The hosts could not maintain a blistering start however, as a neat finish from Ryan Bertrand and Jay Rodriguez’s brace turned the tide.
Bournemouth head to Chelsea on Boxing Day with Ake unlikely to be eligible to face his parent club at Stamford Bridge. But midfielder Arter has demanded that the Cherries restore their usual tempo in possession in west London.
“Any game in the Premier League if you get the first goal it should be an important time to sit back and control the game but we didn’t manage to do that,” Arter told Bournemouth’s official club website, of Sunday’s loss to Saints.
“We let them back into it, and the goal was disappointing because I felt we should have defended better on that one. From then on really we lost control of the game and we let them dictate it.
“Technically on the ball it was our worst performance for a long time, and physically we weren’t great either. And those two things together are a recipe for disaster really.
“The biggest disappointment is not being able to get back-to-back league wins yet this season.
“We’re going to have keep looking behind us rather than in front of us.”